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June 27, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Route 17 truck ban urged

1994: The Rev. Daniel Robayo of Emmanuel Episcopal Church near Delaplane says his parishioners battle dangerous traffic on the way to worship. They have voted to ask state officials to ban tractor-trailers from Route 17 between Delaplane and Paris.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of July 1, 1994

Route 17 truck ban urged

The narrow stretch of asphalt slices through one of the region’s most scenic valleys.

It crosses Goose Creek and Crooked Run and passes historic Piedmont Station and Sky Meadows State Park.

But some motorists who drive Route 17 between Delaplane and Paris find the traffic — not the scenery — taking their breath away.

They say tractor-trailers and other vehicles barrel down the 7.8-mile stretch of highway at frightening speeds, threatening the safety of slower drivers and those who live, work and worship nearby.

And while state transportation officials and local police report nothing unusual about the number of motorists using the road or the number of accidents on it (15 in 1993), some members of the Delaplane and Paris communities believe Route 17 has become too dangerous.

They want tractor-trailers banned from that section of highway.

Two shot in fight at Bealeton

What began as a routine traffic stop ended in the arrest of three allegedly involved in a shooting in the Oak Shade area of Bealeton on Monday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Joe Higgs said Monday that a 21-year-old Midland man and a 19-year-old Bealeton man remain in jail without bond after allegedly shooting each other in dispute over damage to a car.

A 16-year-old Remington boy was charged as an accessory in the incident.

Deputies remove woman, dog from county offices

Law enforcement authorities sent a Warrenton woman to a Richmond hospital Tuesday after her allegedly bizarre behavior on the fourth floor of the county courthouse and office building.

Sheriff’s deputies removed the woman and her pet Rottweiler from the building after she allegedly shouted obscenities and threatened to turn the dog loose.

Sheriff Joe Higgs said deputies took the woman to Fauquier Hospital. She was later transported to Charter Westbrook Hospital in Richmond for psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The sheriff said no charges would be filed in the incident.

“She just flipped out,” Higgs said.

Deputies put the dog in the county animal shelter with plans to turn the Rottweiler over to a member of the woman’s family, the sheriff said.

PNB stockholders approve merger with F&M

A year ago, they huddled with lawyers in opposite corners and talked about suing one another.

But, Peoples National Bank of Warrenton stockholders last Thursday smiled and slapped one another on the back, sipped cocktails and toasted their good fortune.

At their 84th and final annual meeting, the stockholders on June 23 voted overwhelmingly to merge with F&M National Corp. of Winchester, becoming one of 11 banks in the $1.75-billion regional group.

“It was the best possible deal,” said PNB Director Edward L. Stephenson, who owns 5.87 percent of the local bank’s stock. “We doubled our stock prices and tripled our dividends. And the employees all got the benefit of joining a bigger pension fund.”

Peoples stockholders will receive $41.15 worth of F&M stock for each share of PNB they own on June 30. That translates to about 2-1/2 shares of F&M for each PNB share.

Mark Riley will remain president of the local bank, renamed F&M-Peoples.

Warrenton retailers form alliance

Capturing commuter dollars must become their focus if Warrenton retailers hope to survive, according to leaders of a new business group.

“We’ve got to change our habits if we expect the commuter to change his,” Tolson Appliance owner Church Matthews told 120 fellow Warrenton business owners at a breakfast meeting Wednesday.

Per capita spending on taxable goods in Fauquier stands at only $4,963, compared to a statewide average of $6,802.

Matthews attributed the disparity to the fact that more than half of Fauquier’s works commute and then spend much of their income where they earn it.

He and others have formed the Greater Warrenton Business Alliance to focus on improving the local retail trade. More than 100 businesses and individuals have paid $15 apiece to join, according to Matthews.
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